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"Danish Week - Sustainable City Solutions" about to begin

Released at: 14:38, 11/12/2017

"Danish Week - Sustainable City Solutions" about to begin

Denmark, one of the world's greenest and happiest. Photo: Dangcongsan.vn

Events on sustainable city solutions to be organized in Hanoi and HCMC from December 12-17.

by Le Diem

A series of events on sustainable city solutions will be held in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City from December 12 to 17 within an initiative of the Embassy of Denmark in Vietnam and co-organized by the National University of Civil Engineering in Hanoi (NUCE) and the University of Architecture Ho Chi Minh City (UAH), with support from local authorities, organizations, and enterprises from Vietnam and Denmark.

“Denmark is among the world leaders in green technology, and Green Growth is an important area of Vietnam and Denmark’s Comprehensive Partnership Agreement,” said Danish Ambassador H.E. Charlotte Laursen. “With this campaign we hope to create opportunities to exchange inspiration and knowledge with Vietnam on how to build green and sustainable cities.”

With the theme “Danish Week - Sustainable City Solutions”, the campaign includes exhibitions, seminars, film screenings, masterclasses, and a competition seeking practical ideas on how to ensure greener and cleaner cities.

Seminars will be hosted by NUCE in Hanoi on December 12 and by UAH in Ho Chi Minh City on December 14. Experts from the two countries will share experience, lessons learned, and best practices in urban planning policy and solutions.

Students from NUCE and UAH will also have opportunity to attend masterclasses with famous Danish architect Hans Peter Hagens and the Head of the Technical and Environment Department in Aarhus city, Mr. Mogens Bjørn Nielsen.

Exhibitions open to the public from December 12 to 17 at NUCE and December 14 to 19 at UAH will showcase some of the best sustainable architecture designs and city development projects from Denmark. In Hanoi, the exhibition will be moved to Ly Thai To Square near Hoan Kiem Lake on the weekend of December 16 and 17.

Other events include the final round of the “Raising Awareness on Green City Solutions in Vietnam” competition, where best ideas on how to ensure greener and cleaner cities will be named. The competition is being co-organized by the embassy and the Denmark - Vietnam Alumni Network.

Within the framework of the Comprehensive Partnership Agreement signed by the two countries in 2013, the relationship focuses on political dialogue, cultural exchange, commercial activities, and targeted ODA-projects matching Denmark’s strengths in green growth, food and agriculture, health, and education.

Bilateral trade between Vietnam and Denmark has increased significantly since 2011 and interest from Danish companies in cooperating with Vietnam regarding trade and investment continues to increase. More than 130 Danish companies are now in Vietnam and many more are interested in doing business in the country.

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